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Raimo Kaarna, signal@sci.fi

from 2018 onwards, FREE of course.

Having been publishing the Signal penpal magazine since January 1960 at the age of 16 I've come to a turning point in this publishing hobby... In 58 years the postman has carried nearly 200.000 letters to my earlier box address and to my home office street address. And I've personally packed the printed Signal-magazines into almost 200.000 envelopes and taken them to the nearest post office to send them to you, the readers. The total amount of printed paper Signals is almost 400.000 copies !

The printed Signal magazine - signalpenpals.net - is a one-man-hobby-business. Every word in all the penpal listings has been written, edited and layouted by just one person, me - Raimo Kaarna. I will be 75 years old at the end of next month, February 24 2018. This older age forces me to reduce my 'work burden' - I have to take it easier. Therefore year 2017 was the last year when the Signal had two different versions -
this web edition on the internet and the smaller one printed on paper.

From 2018 onwards ONLY THE WEB EDITION = WWW.SIGNALPENPALS.NET is available to you, FREE of course.
If you want to get PRINTED SIGNALS you have to print them yourself with your computer and your printer.

Hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the world have 'killed' their printed editions and gone entirely into the electronic publishing versions only. I was working in the local daily newspaper called Etelä-Suomen Sanomat - circulation over 50.000 - from 1966 to 1989. My job was to write ad texts, do the lay-outs, take care of ad space marketing and sales, design brochures and circulars, sales letters, keep up customers mailing lists etc. Similar work as with the printed Signal or nowadays with the signalpenpals.net, and my other websites.

I have stopped my paid subscription to my earlier employer's newspaper several years ago, even though I am an ex-newspaper professional. Anyhow I keep reading four different newspapers - the electronic versions - every day. And it costs to me simply NOTHING, the printed versions of these four Finnish newspapers would cost over 1.000 euros or 1.000 USA dollars yearly.

Keep reading the web edition of the Signal = www.signalpenpals.net - it is FREE !
Also your personal penpal listings are FREE, one ad monthly.

If you prefer international collectors swapping ads go to my other site - www.globalcollectors.net - your exchange wants and offers listed free.

Do you know what kind of printed penpal papers or collectors magazines were issued in the last 50 years ? Then visit www.penpalclubs.net.

If you speak also the Finnish language look at www.lahtelaista.net - my website about my hometown Lahti - 100.000 inhabitants - in Finland.

Happy reading -
Happy New Year 2018
to all the Signal readers

Thursday December 29, 2016

Do you speak FRENCH ?

Then you should visit
30 different world cities
via this site

Translate the texts using translate.google.com

Wednesday December 21, 2016


to all the Signal-readers worldwide!

Thursday December 1, 2016

Santa Claus and his brother ?
What ever, Christmas is coming...

Remember your penpals, now is the time to send season's greetings to your friends worldwide. Colorful Xmas cards with lovely postage stamps are welcome by all of us.

This old postcard is changed hourly.
All the cards are from 1900's, 1910's and 1920's and originally mailed to the grand aunties of Signal's publisher, Raimo Kaarna.

Wednesday November 16, 2016
Listen to Pakistani music
- a bit different experience for you???

Sunday 6 November 2016

VOY AUSTRALIA, your fine envelope and the contents safely received... Thanks !
ELIZA FRANCE, thanks for your cd, cards, stamps
SHIKEAGI JAPAN, your payment received
JOSEPH MALTA, fine postage stamps!
Signals will be sent soon to all of you... Printed next week?
TADEUSZ POLAND, IRCs (International Reply Coupons) are rare nowadays, thanks for them. Info next week.
LANANI ALGERIA, your listing received at least ten times via email, almost ten times in postal mail. It has been issued several times already here !
TOMOKO JAPAN, Signal info via surface mail...

Tuesday November 1, 2016

If you don't like waiting for the front page to open click here


Thursday 29 September 2016

I scanned today four pages of the
World Hobbies Bulletin from Korea
and also a few samle pages from the
Czech Pen Friends. They were added to the front page of www.penpalmagazine.net. Collectors around the world want to exchange with you !

Click below to read the ads now !

Wednesday 28 September, 2016

Received today this letter from Brazil...
It was sent on September 14 2016 by
Uillian Frignani Cardozo, the publisher of

It is a fact that internet HAS KILLED 99 % of the printed penpal and collectors papers around the world. Those few publications still issued are fading away, day by day.
Some 30 years ago there were about
one thousand bigger and smaller 'magazines' containing the postal addresses and personal info about the advertiser and his or her hobbies and exchange wants and offers, now the amount has fallen to some 50-100 papers.

I'm going to introduce some fellow hobby publishers by printing a few pages of their magazines under their own name or logo on my website www.penpalmagazine.net. I hope you find this kind of co-operation useful, it will bring more readers and more contacts to the advertisers.

Also a few pages from another Brazilian philatelic magazine, FILACAP June 2016 issue, can be read on penpalmagazine.net. Click the two pages to make them readable, the texts BIGGER !!! More swapping contacts for you.

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

Wednesday 21 September, 2016

Received this letter from an advertiser in NY USA:
To Mr Raimo Kaarna,
Last year I gave my name and address to your pen pal club and now I am receiving letters from male prisoners in the U.S.A.!
I feel very unsafe. If you are giving my name and address to prisoners you are putting my life at risk and are acting very irresponsibly.
Please remove my name and address from your mailing lists and databases immediately.
Thank you, M. S., NY, USA.
The name and address have been deleted from Signal's website now. Also the policy about prisoners' ads has been changed already last year after getting several complaints. I do NOT accept penpal ads from prisoners in USA.


Monday September 5, 2016

Some "investors" and "loan sharks" keep sending their fraud ads for publication. I simply do NOT publish their ads at all and that is made to protect you from financial losses. NEVER send a red cent in any currency to any of these "businessmen".

Sunday August 28, 2016

Google Chrome web browser does NOT SHOW Signal's penpal listings of the latest full month at all - SOME 50 LATEST LISTINGS ARE MISSING !!! It simply starts Signal's front page without the most recent ads, even the date of the first ad is missing... The ads from today to one month backwards are seen quite normally in Microsoft's Edge and other web browsers. Possibly some hackers are causing this strange behaviour of the Chrome browser?

Anyhow this causes some misunderstanding among the Signal readers, they may think that I have not added any new penpal listings to signalpenpals.net even though A FEW NEW ADS ARE LISTED EVERY DAY !!!! Check yourself !


Wednesday July 27, 2016


Even though most western readers have really fast portable computers and tablets it takes to long to open Signal's main website, www.signalpenpals.net. The third world readers in the developing countries have slower net connections and operators, older computers and they must have even more patience in waiting for the front page to open...

SOMETHING MUST BE DONE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. Therefore I'm now testing a few different new lay-outs and front pages. Some seem to be fast when I leave off 90 % of the links to outside websites, make the photos smaller, forget voices or videos or scrolling or changing photos. Or what should be done ? Tell YOUR OPINION...

- Would you prefer opening just FRESH NEW ADS in about 20-30 seconds ? Nothing else, just the penpal listings of this month plus previous month. Or have you got the patience to wait for one to two minutes to see the 'entire' Signal to open, including live map of todays readers pointed in the world map, and hundreds of links to newspapers, translations in 90 languages, world itvs, world newspapers etc.

- I'll add a SIMPLIFIED FAST NEW 'FRONT PAGE' of the signalpenpals.net here later today. TEST IT and tell your opinion.

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher


Tuesday July 5, 2016


Read about technology, military, abandoned cities, submarines, aircrafts, people, anything... You'll spend hours 'opening your eyes' !

Thursday June 9, 2016 Unreplied snailmail... Sorry for the delay. I'm starting to reply them little by little. Packed some fifty envelopes yesterday, more today and tomorrow. Propably they'll get ready to be taken to the local post office on Monday or Tuesday. We'll see.

Last year I received in all some 500 snailmail letters, i.e. envelopes carried to my mailbox by the postman. Some 30 years ago the amount was 4000-5000 letters a year. Most messages from the Signal readers are received via email at present, also the penpal listings.

Some Cuban penpal advertisers seem to be joking with me and the readers of the Signal. There is just one way for me to take care of this 'problem', I'll take the photos off from the pages of this website. Satisfied now Rodney and Dionel ???

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Apple trees are in full blossom now here in Lahti Finland, in Signal-publisher's garden...

Monday April 25, 2016

Do you like bird watching ?
Visit ESTONIA - take a look at

Wednesday February 11, 2016

I just saw a Norwegian tv program 'The Dangers of Net Dating' and how the scammers steal money from innocent people seeking for love... We were also warned about the money transfers to new 'friends' for any reason, especially to Nigeria and Ukraine, not to mention dozens of other dangerous countries.

Lately almost dozen of my letters sent to US prisoners were returned back to me to Finland. The addresses were 'unknown' and no new ones were available. As a pensioner I'm not rich enough to waste money for vain postages.
Free penpal ads are no longer accepted from prisoners in the future. All the old prisoners' ads from previous years will be deleted as time allows.

My aim is to protect the Signal readers and advertisers from financial loss.

Friday, January 1st, 2016


This is what the Signal issue number 1 was like back in January 1960... You may take a look at all the Signal issues from 1960-2015, their front pages and circulation, the printing system, how they were composed and lay-outed.

SIGNAL issue 1, 1960
- b&w mimeographed ad sheet
- 1.000 circulation
- 1 page, 210x355 mm
- 30 penpals, collectors
texts: manual typewriter

Seven pages in 1960, and I received some 500 letters from the readers... The greatest amount of letters received yearly was back in the 80's, almost 5.000 snailmail letters.
At present the amount has fallen back to some 500. And the Signal is still issued from the same address as in January 1960, 56 years ago!

Wednesday 16 December 2015

I printed yesterday ten A4 pages of the Signal with the color laser, in all they contain about 250 penpal ads including the postal addresses, issued earlier on these web pages. The copies were collated, stapled and stuffed into envelopes just a few moments ago. Took them to the local post box, unfortunately they will be sorted and delivered during the most hasty Xmas season in the post office. You may wait for your paid copies propably only in January 2016.

I was changing my publishing policy a bit, left all the USA prisoners penpal ads off from the printed Signal. Their postal addresses are not valid after some period... Also all the unpaid photo ads were printed without the photos but there is the web address (thumbsnap-URL) of the photo after other texts, thus you may look at the photos if you have a computer and internet connection available. If you paid for your photo it is naturally issued both on web and in the printed magazine. Also the listings containing only the email address were left out from the printed Signals.

You may buy the printed Signal to your postal address for Euro 10 or US$ 10 postpaid, cash only - NO checks or money order accepted due to too high exchange charges by the banks. Send your payment to

Monday 30 November, 2015

Listen to some Finnish music parodies for the instagram-generation

Benjamin - Underdogs PARODIA
Arttu Wiskari - Sirpa Feat. Ulpu PARODIA
Spekti - Juomalaulu
Heli Kajo - Jos mä kuolen nuorena
Paleface - Talonomistaja
Ismo Alanko - Vittu kun vituttaa
Mariska - Tarkasta tämä

Saturday 21 November, 2015 12:55:07

The first snow of this winter, we got it last night... Click the photo to see it in a bit bigger size. This scene is Signal's garden.

Monday November 2, 2015

All the photos received are cropped to suitable size or suitable view. The more real surroundings, local beautiful buildings or scenery are seen in the background the more interesting is the photo. And it is given also bigger size here... Most readers prefer seeing in what kind of neighborhood you are living in. A passport photo will be small in our columns, too.

Some people keep sending commercial ads, or begging for financial help or offering financial consultation, investment 'opportunities' etc. Those advertisements must be paid for or I simply do not publish them at all. Be careful when replying these ads, read also 'between the lines'.

Monday October 26, 2015

Listen to nice Pakistani background music while browsing this page...

Sunday October 18, 2015

Thank you for your email, Farooq Iqbal !
As you have propably guessed

Some CRIMINALS just have taken use of my good name - copied my website name with a bit different domain name. They try to steal YOUR MONEY in this way.
There is NO WAY FOR ME TO HINDER THIS KIND of dishonest misuse of the internet.
Raimo Kaarna - www.signalpenpals.net

Farooq Iqbal kirjoitti 18.10.2015 10:55:
Dear Raimo Kaarna
What is the suitability of the attached email?

-----Original Message-----
From: Erica Cargill [mailto:cargillerica4@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 3:03 PM
To: cargillerica4
Subject: LOTTERY WINNER !!!!!!!!!!!!


This is to notify you that your name was picked from THIS SITE by the Signalpenpals Incorporation Company as one of the lucky winner of $2,000,000.00 Usd in (Signalpenpals.Com) Profile Award 2015 so you are advice to contact (signalpenpals.com) Profile Award agent for receiving of your wining price. Agent to contact Mr. Frank Edwards, via email address: signalpenpals.customercareaward@gmail.com Below is the information needed 1. Full Name: 2. Address: 3. Sex: 4. Occupation: 5. Phone Number: 6. City 7. Country: 8. Age: 9. A Copy of Your ID card (attached) Kindly contact the agent In-charge of your winnings, Mr. Frank Edwards , through their official email address: signalpenpals.customercareaward@gmail.com As soon as you receive this message to enable them proceeds on your payment.
Thanks Mrs. Erica Cargill 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA 95014 408-99-10


Friday October 24, 2014 at 10:42:13

Just received today several emails with information of finally getting rich:

1) Dear Winner, This is to inform you that your email address have won a prize award money of One Million United States Dollars, ($1,000,000.00) in our ongoing 2014 monthly prize award promotions, which was organized and sponsored
2) I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my family treasure ($18.5million)
3) Hi, Enclosed the file relating to our Global Payment Advice on 20141022 issued at the instance of our customer.
4) trust worthy person that can help me move funds in the tune of $250,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Million USD
5) According to my payment file, you have an outstanding compensation payment of $500,000.00 USD approved by the
6) like to intimate you with my letter of intent of a legal business-proposal you can handle directly from your country, which is of a complementary benefit mutually with no peril
7) am a banker there is a business i want you to handle for me valued $ 31.5m American Dollars please note there is no risk
8) Of Transferring The Left Over Sum Of ($10.5 Million Dollars) That Belongs To Late
9) Debit card with cash equivalent of $5.5 Million USD which you will use to withdraw your money in any
Why to ask for my bank account number, age, sex, address etc to be able to send all that money to me. Let's make it in an easier way, just pack the banknotes - the bigger the better - into bundles of 100 and stuff them into an envelope and mail to my street address. No vain costs to you or to me...

I receive now some 150-200 emails daily, almost half of them are similar to the above examples. The criminals are fishing for your own money by promising incredible and impossible profits or commissions.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dear Sire,
Ive successfuly founde a partner from your websigh, we are both happy and she is planing to come to Birminggham to moove in with me, so please tack my advert off your websight, thank your for your help.

It was nice to hear from Michael, he found what he was looking for... The ad has been deleted as requested. THE PUBLISHER

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What to do with the US prisoners' penpal ads ? The first advertiser forgot his ZIP code (=post code), the second did not send his complete mail address nor email, and so did the 3rd and the 4th advertiser; the 5th penpal listing included TWO different names for the same advertiser???? WHAT A MESS, nobody can contact these advertisers!

I've said earlier that all the human beings do mistakes, also you and I, therefore I've been publishing penpal listings also from these convicted criminals. Some joy to their dull life... Should I continue this practice? Or should I refuse to issue these prisoners' ads? The addresses are NOT permanent anyhow, sooner or later they become obsolete when the people are released.

In a way the internet has spoiled "the international penpal markets" ! Most westeners do have their own computers and have their facebook and twitter and instagram accounts and there is no need for penpal services any longer. Those looking for sexual friends use dating sites and "speed dating" services.

What we old penpal magazine publishers do at present is serving the poor third world countries' readers and US prisoners... Neither of them can ever pay for our services, ad space in the printed magazines or on the web. So we can not do this for MONEY, PENPAL PUBLISHING IS MY HOBBY AND PASSION ! I enjoy every moment...


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Four readers at the same time a few moments ago... One in Luzern Switzerland, one in Colombo Sri Lanka, one in Lagos Nigeria and me in Lahti Finland, 34 in all by 10:44 o'clock am.

The total amount of daily readers keeps changing between 80-120 on this www.signalpenpals.net-site. These same penpal ads are issued also on several other signal-sites worldwide, and collectors ads on www.globalcollectors.net etc.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Some patience needed when sending your penpal ads... No need to send it several times if you don't see yourself in the Signal at once, your listing will be seen later today, in a few minutes or hours anyhow.

Every penpal listing is edited, the photos are cropped to suitable size, this work may take some time, thus some patience is needed !

Saturday September 26, 2015

A few changes were just made in the layout... Did you notice anything different ? What about adding a link to signalpenpals.net on your facebook-page, your own homesite or to your emails sent to your friends ? That would help all of us ! Send your own free penpal ad now!

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Read this interesting article about E-WASTE REPUBLIC - GHANA. Watch all four videos, about 10 minutes in all... Nice local music !

Fresh new PRINTED SIGNAL was issued now in July 2015... Over 300 penpal ads, multicolor A4 pages. Copies were taken to the post office, so you'll soon receive yours!!! Or buy your copy now, US$ 10 or Euro 10 or equivalent in any currency.

Friday July 03, 2015

Is she a woman of 28 years as described in her penpal listing of today ? Or is he a man of 40 years as he was described in his ad of June 9 2015 ? Or is s/he one of those other persons using either the name Chima or Nwosu is the advertisement ?
The email addresses may be different,
the contents is similar in one way or other.

NEVER believe in every word of the ad or the first emails or postal letters, try to find out what the person in question REALLY wants from you. If she or he wants your money for some kind of "investments" just refuse and save your money and your troubles !

Saturday June 27, 2015

I have received lots of mail from prisoners in USA lately, due to Signal's listing in Prison Voice magazine. If you see some numbers after the advertiser's name she or he has been sentenced to prison for some kind of criminal activity. There are some rules to follow when writing to these persons. Click the below pictures for more details in bigger size...

Sunday June 14, 2015

What about reading COMPUTER NEWS from a bit different source ? It is in Russian, translate with google into your language. It might be interesting...

Thursday April 30, 2015

Just saw the Signal on wide screen in a webkiosk and it looked terrible!!!! Wide empty spaces between the columns... I have to correct the pages to make their design better. Take a look at this test frontpage now!

Sunday April 5, 2015

Want to know more about Finland and the Finns ? Read this blog...
Dirty Cars and Million Cows
- The blog about Finland

Sunday March 29, 2015

It seems to me that I'm getting a bit old... Also the below "editorial" is old, it is from 1997. At that time I used to receive some 300-400 letters via snailmail every month. Now the amount is the same BUT yearly! More and more of contacts are taken digitally - via email, tablets and computers. Also the newspapers and magazines worldwide are going to the same direction, to digital publishing instead of printing and distributing their publications on paper. Digital publishing is faster and cheaper. Do you still read and buy single copies or subscribe to any printed newspapers or magazines? Let me know, please.

Mail to Signal on Tuesday April 15 1997

Have you ever wondered what kind of mail your publisher Raimo Kaarna receives from abroad ? Read on, I'll expose penpal publisher's great secrets to you just now... Yesterday I got 30 letters, from around the world, let's read them together. The first one is from Linda Persson in Sweden. She publishes her own 28-page A5 size photocopied penpal magazine The IPC-Paper. Fine paper, good contents and layout, 270 friends, we swap ad space with each other. The second letter is a paid order, mailed from Hong Kong but sending year's subscription to the printed Signal to be sent to Fred M Wahl in California USA. Danial Hrominchuk in Canada sends the next letter, information about Around A Dollar Mailorder, business propositions welcomed, imports and exports.

Japanese girl called Naoko Nakahigashi from Niigata sends two International Reply Coupons (from your post offices) for a back issue of the Signal. Her penpal listing will be seen here later. Begging letter from Ghana - former Gold Coast in Africa - sent by a school boy, George Osei-Bonsu, age 10. I receive up to 20-30 letters like this daily every now and then, without payments of course. Unfortunately I'm not rich enough to send any Signals free, return postage necessary to get reply.

USA calling, USA calling, multi level money making opportunities, this time called "Co-Operation", sent by Louis S Cruz. Sorry to say but I don't believe in wonders or nonsense, I NEVER take part in any MLM | pyramid | chain letter schemes. Have "earned" lots of money in saving the vain postage costs ! Harazi Ahmed from Blida in Algeria asks for penpals, not even return postage enclosed. He has seen my worldwide club directory, the 1992 edition. Letter from Israel, Dinu Bratulescu sent US$ 2 for postage to receive names of penpal clubs in Portugal. He'll get them from the new WWCD. USA again, J P Laumeyer from Florida pays for Signal issue 87, it will be airmailed soon. I usually reply mail and stuff the envelopes with magazines 3-4 times monthly, 100-150 at a time...

La Casa from USA sends one inch display ad for his "Honduras Women" penpal service. You'll see it also in the web later. Paid order. Two IRCs from Japan, sent by 17 years old Nozomi Matsuura. She'll get Signal 82 and her listing in the next issue. Post & Telekom from Austria mails information about new postage stamps for publication. I use the photos occasionally as space permits. Two Indian Rupees, 5000 Romanian Leis, $ 1.25 in Canadian coins, 30 used postage stamps are received from Iulia Gavrilescu in Romania. She is 24 and looking for a man... 'Send $ 5 for reply and sexy photos'. Brien Duarte from Honolulu in Hawaii USA sends $ 6 for his ad and a back Signal.

Letter from FINLAND ! Unbelievable, 99 % of mail mail comes from abroad... Pertti Karppinen orders the latest Signal, I must remember to enclose the invoice. Our old agent C Kennedy sends her one incher for displaying in the printed Signal and in the web, $ 20 enclosed in cash as payment. Mail Order Plus is the magazine sold. Then a letter from down under, Australia, postage AU$ 1.20, two nice stamps. Paid order for the Worldwide Club Directory, Signal 87 - in web you can read newer edition free !

Houssenaly Karim from France is interested in trading consumer goods, world trade developments. He is buying a sample copy of the Signal. 25 years old Mandana H from Tehran in Iran asks for foreign penpals, no payment, no return postage.

Andre Rheaume from Canada is paying US$ 5 in Canadian Postal Money Order for the Signal and his ad. Finnish banks charge US$ 14 to cash this foreign $ 5 check. Do NOT send any small amounts of money abroad in checks or postal money orders, banks' service charges are more than the value of your payment. Send banknotes or IRCs...

Hiromi Kuwahara from Kanagawa in Japan buys the latest Signal, $ 7 enclosed. Kharisma Fans penpal paper from Indonesia contains 36 pages, photocopied but neat, mainly in Indonesian, Signal's 2" ad on the back cover. We swap ad space. Our agent Karael Enterprises in England orders the latest Signal for their customer Gisele Poissant in England, I'll drop-ship it soon. The payment was enclosed.

Ten IRCs from Morocco, sender Doir Ait Boussaaden, a penpal magazine order. Swedish firm called M & B Import sent their catalog of Bitte Collection, handbags, shopping bags, purses, umbellas, leathercases etc. Two International Reply Coupons from Japan again for a back issue of the Signal, from Naoko Kawauchi, age 14, girl. William A Snover from Michigan, USA ask for more information - no return postage.

Andera Angela from Kenya has seen Signal 63 - it was issued in 1986 - and sends her penpal listing for publication, without payment ! She is 20, 5'5", beautiful... Photocopied letter from the rich Saudi-Arabia, from M Salem. He asks for more information and says to be willing to pay, too. Mushtaq Ahmad Zuberi - a Pakistani by birth ? - lives now in USA and is willing to advertise in several penpal magazines. The payment missing again...

Well, that's it, thirty letters, a few payments, some ads, information and offers. Most ads will be composed, printed, added to these Signal's pages also in the Internet. Return postages nowadays some $ 1 per letter, that makes $ 30 for this lot.

RAIMO KAARNA, the publisher, Purokatu 18, FI-15200 Lahti, FINLAND * EMAIL signal@sci.fi

This editorial has been reprinted from the Signal of year 1998

Pirated Signals
for sale in Pakistan !

Computer software is not the only thing pirated in the world today. Signal fans and readers in the Third World have found out a way to earn more money by printing Signal magazines without my permission and selling it in the bookshops, newsstands, kiosks of Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan. The retail price seems to be 120 Pakistani Rupees there and the pirated Signal propably is sold also in the United Arab Emirates as the price is marked on the cover also in Dirhams.

This pirated 84-page Signal magazine, issue 90 of 1997, contains in fact ads taken from a few different Signals. They have been combined into one magazine, inner 80 pages have been printed on web offset on light yellow paper, the multicolor glossy cover pages are fine four color offset work on better paper stock, even the new layout is good but the front page photos are not from the original Signal magazines !
I would like to have a few hundred copies myself, for resale purposes...

Should I be angry or proud about this pirated Signal magazine ? I do not get any money from sale of the single copies, the money is "stolen" from me... But could I have arranged sale of thousands of Signal magazines in the Pakistani bookshops ? What about the printing expenses ? Color separations, distributing costs ??? Zero for me...

Who benefits from the pirated Signals? The economical profits go the printers and marketers in Karachi and Lahore, some bookshop owners and magazine retailers earn their commissions, too. Even some printers, paper dealers, lorry drivers may get bread thanks to the Signal ? Most Signal advertisers propably benefit from these pirated magazines, they may receive more replies to their ads from Asian countries...
This kind of "publishing business" has been going on for several years in Pakistan !

What to do about the pirated Signal magazines ? As I simply am NOT able to hinder their printing on the other side of the world I've done just the opposite. I try to increase Signal's readership by letting foreign penpal publishers reproduce my magazine legally for local resale anywhere in the world. I've sent co-operation (franchising, splitting of profits) offers to hundreds of publishers and printers. We should see the first "official" foreign Signal edition now in November 1998. Printing and distribution mainly in India...
If you are interested in publishing the local Signal-edition send just return postage US$ 1 or 2 International Reply Coupons for more details to
Signal-franchising, Raimo Kaarna - the publisher, Purokatu 18, FI-15200 Lahti, FINLAND.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Just received this penpal listing from Kenya... As you can see the email address is not complete, just the first part had been written.
Name, age, sex: James, 28
Address: KENYA
Email: jkamandi

If you do not write your email address entirely I do not get it at all. On the advertising form The Sender is always what you see below:
WWW Server < https@web.saunalahti.fi > .

Sunday March 15, 2015

Mail from Vanuatu? Click the stamps and see the entire envelope addressed to Signal...
To read fresh news about Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, click this link: Hurricane news
Aid workers in Vanuatu...

Saturday March 14, 2014

Read 2000 newspapers
in your own language!

It is easy and simple.

Then select the newspaper from
a) gallery (pictures of front pages)
b) list (sort by region, continents)
c) map (select from map, countries)
d) click 'Web Site' above the frontpage

Copy the website address to the form, select
a) from which language
b) into your language
c) click translate button

You can now read the web pages of any language newspapers translated into your own language.
I was working in the local daily newspaper here in Lahti Finland from 1966 to 1989...

Monday February 16, 2015 Last week the postman placed a very interesting large envelope into my mailbox.
It was thick, heavy and surely made me very curious. The sender is Tetteh Kwao Richardsen in Koforidua - Eastern Region, Ghana, mailing date 23th of January 2015...

What did this envelope contain ? Take a look yourself.
A piece of colorful embroidered Fante cloth,
precious local handicraft with the text on it: Publisher Raimo Kaarna.
... and two lovely bracelets, handmade of stone beads, handpainted local art pieces...
What about the three-pages-long personal letter ? Want to read what this 24 years old journalism student has to say ?

Letters like this with fascinating valuable local handmade art items bring great joy to the life of the publisher of this website... Thank you Tetteh for your letter, it was greatly welcome. Best of luck to you in your journalism studies and in your personal life !

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

P.S. All the Signal magazines - both the printed papers and web editions - have been issued by just ONE MAN for 55 years, from 1960 to 2015. Have mailed 382.000 copies around the world, and placed almost 5.000 pages on web... And the work is continued.

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Received an email from an impatient reader a few days ago...

Re: Where is My Friend's Subscription? I Sent You $10 on Nov 8.
Thank you for your email and also the order for sample copy of the Signal... The letter was received in December, possibly you sent it by surface mail taking some 40-45 days from USA to Finland. The first line on the address label is:
 and this means:
 11=the 11th letter of Dec 2014
 - = personal info was NOT received
 rkk = my initials, previous correspondence 
 USD= USA dollars
 10 = ten dollars received
 sig2014=Signal issue of 2014 is sent
and the sample copy of the Signal (not any subscription) is addressed to: Christopher Dye 805217 3899 State Highway 98 New Boston TX 75570, USA.

Usually I do stuff 50-100-150 letters at a time at intervals of 1-2 months and copies are sent by SURFACE MAIL taking some 45 days to USA. Airmail costs more US$2 extra. The next mailing within 1-2 weeks, at first I'll print some additional pages containing the snailmail ads of November-December 2014 and January 2015.
Thanks for patience, the copy will SURELY be sent finally.
Raimo Kaarna, the Publisher

I did print six new pages of the Signal during the last weekend, continued the work today by stuffing the envelopes, glueing the postage stamps and will take a bit over 50 letters to the post office tomorrow, on Wednesday. Christoper as well as the other paying 'customers' will receive their Signal copies soon !
Thursday January 15, 2015 at 0:11

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Thursday January 8, 2015

8.1.2015 11:39:18
Izabella Csabaiová CZ wrote:

Dear Signal.
From 1962 I am your pen-pal. I can thank you from bottom of mine heart that today I have pals, collectors - I am a Great hobbyst for dolls, coins, stamps, banknotes ... that today I have in 85 lands contact.

Thank you for email Izabella. It's a pleasure to see that the SIGNAL (est. 1960) still has reliable long-standing readers around the world...
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

Wednesday December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015
to all the Signal readers

This New Year card is changed hourly
All the cards are from 1900's, 1910's and 1920's and originally mailed to the grand aunties of Signal's publisher, Raimo Kaarna.

Take a look at THIS VIDEO to see how it is possible...



Test the new faster Signal !!

Look inside this 100 years old
fine art album by '-mari -14'

Excellent drawings and water color illustrations, 36 original art pieces from year 1914...
I bought this small album from a local fleamarket here in Lahti Finland in November 2009.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Geocounter - that counter seems to have been stopped last night... Yesterday the number of hits was 169882, today just one! And even that is only a part of the truth. Now at 17:20 it seems to have been restarted again.

The Signal has been issued since January 1960, some 350.000 copies have been printed and in general magazines have some 5-6 readers per copy printed. This means almost two million readers by now.

When I established the web Signal in 1997 I quite soon got a great amount of readers. Swapped links with any other web site, 10-20 daily. Sent letters to hundreds of printed papers and magazines worldwide with the latest printed Signal, many of them published articles about the Signal and me.

The counters have been reset when my websites were moved from one server to another, the new counter always started from zero. And I've got Signal published on almost one hundred different servers around the world, just a few of them have any counters at all. One of the 'oldest' and best counters of my current main website signalpenpals.net is "eXTReMe Tracking - Internet - Cool Sites" used since 1999.

Some facts by eXTReMe here:
Summary Period: 4476 Days Unique Visitors 363048 - 80.18% Visits incl. Reloads 452751 Reloads 89703 - 19.81% Visits via Referrers 107737 - 29.67% Website Referrers 7578 Highest Day 279 / 03 May, Mon, 2004 Highest Week 1532 / Wk 18, 2004 Highest Month 5986 / Apr, 2004 Monthly Unique: Current Month 2370 / Jan, 2014 Last Month 2065 / Dec, 2013 Average 2327 Searchengine Google Keyword penpal Domains / Countries Unique Visitors - Unknown 128590 35.41% com United States 42578 11.72% fi Finland 35636 9.81% in India 12790 3.52% uk United Kingdom 12221 3.36% de Germany 8972 2.47% gh Ghana 5281 1.45% net Network 4738 1.30% ca Canada 4528 1.24% ng Nigeria 4003 1.10% pk Pakistan 3477 0.95% kr Korea, Republic of 3459 0.95% cn China 3454 0.95% et Ethiopia 3284 0.90% ci Cote D'Ivoire 3169 0.87% sa Saudi Arabia 3168 0.87% jp Japan 3111 0.85% se Sweden 3003 0.82% es Spain 3001 0.82% it Italy 2884 0.79% sn Senegal 2744 0.75% my Malaysia 2742 0.75% ch Switzerland 2575 0.70% fr France 2355 0.64% lk Sri Lanka 2230 0.61% au Australia 2209 0.60% sg Singapore 2156 0.59% be Belgium 2009 0.55% il Israel 1822 0.50% nl Netherlands 1808 0.49% ph Philippines 1791 0.49% ke Kenya 1662 0.45% ae United Arab Emirates 1625 0.44% kw Kuwait 1587 0.43% ie Ireland 1573 0.43% dz Algeria 1555 0.42% ru Russian Federation 1550 0.42% gw Guinea-Bissau 1471 0.40% eg Egypt 1468 0.40% ir Iran, Islamic Republic of 1453 0.40% tr Turkey 1451 0.39% za South Africa 1386 0.38% bd Bangladesh 1340 0.36% gm Gambia 1322 0.36% hk Hong Kong 1233 0.33% om Oman 1011 0.27% ug Uganda 984 0.27% br Brazil 981 0.27% tw Taiwan 960 0.26% eu Europe 917 0.25% pl Poland 822 0.22% np Nepal 778 0.21% ee Estonia 759 0.20% ma Morocco 756 0.20% no Norway 742 0.20% lt Lithuania 741 0.20% tg Togo 665 0.18% id Indonesia 623 0.17% dk Denmark 550 0.15% hu Hungary 539 0.14% tz Tanzania, United Republic of 522 0.14% hr Croatia 517 0.14% pt Portugal 509 0.14% th Thailand 502 0.13% gr Greece 494 0.13% qa Qatar 487 0.13% mu Mauritius 481 0.13% bj Benin 478 0.13% ye Yemen 446 0.12% cz Czech Republic 438 0.12% at Austria 412 0.11% mt Malta 395 0.10% tn Tunisia 381 0.10% sy Syrian Arab Republic 380 0.10% nz New Zealand 324 0.08% ua Ukraine 323 0.08% mx Mexico 312 0.08% lv Latvia 310 0.08% jo Jordan 308 0.08% ro Romania 286 0.07% bf Burkina Faso 280 0.07% gn Guinea 265 0.07% tt Trinidad and Tobago 262 0.07% zw Zimbabwe 253 0.06% zm Zambia 228 0.06% lb Lebanon 211 0.05% bh Bahrain 190 0.05% edu US Educational 183 0.05% cm Cameroon 171 0.04% cy Cyprus 167 0.04% vn Vietnam 157 0.04% sk Slovakia 151 0.04% bg Bulgaria 139 0.03% ar Argentina 135 0.03% pr Puerto Rico 134 0.03% lu Luxembourg 133 0.03% ec Ecuador 127 0.03% ly Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 121 0.03% pg Papua New Guinea 116 0.03% mw Malawi 113 0.03% si Slovenia 108 0.02% bt Bhutan 89 0.02% mr Mauritania 88 0.02% gy Guyana 88 0.02% ve Venezuela 87 0.02% gt Guatemala 86 0.02% yu Yugoslavia 81 0.02% mil US Military 81 0.02% lr Liberia 74 0.02% rw Rwanda 74 0.02% mv Maldives 73 0.02% sd Sudan 73 0.02% mc Monaco 72 0.01% fj Fiji 67 0.01% by Belarus 63 0.01% pe Peru 62 0.01% is Iceland 60 0.01% uy Uruguay 60 0.01% ps Palestinian Territory, Occupied 59 0.01% ga Gabon 57 0.01% ml Mali 57 0.01% iq Iraq 55 0.01% cl Chile 54 0.01% org Non-Profit Organizations 53 0.01% jm Jamaica 50 0.01% kh Cambodia 44 0.01% er Eritrea 39 0.01% co Colombia 38 0.01% bw Botswana 38 0.01% cu Cuba 36 0.00% sz Swaziland 35 0.00% bn Brunei Darussalam 35 0.00% lc Saint Lucia 33 0.00% cv Cape Verde 32 0.00% na Namibia 30 0.00% kn Saint Kitts and Nevis 29 0.00% bb Barbados 29 0.00% ba Bosnia and Herzegovina 27 0.00% ge Georgia 26 0.00% bi Burundi 26 0.00% kz Kazakhstan 25 0.00% pa Panama 22 0.00% mk Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of 21 0.00% sc Seychelles 21 0.00% am Armenia 20 0.00% mz Mozambique 20 0.00% cr Costa Rica 19 0.00% mn Mongolia 18 0.00% bz Belize 17 0.00% az Azerbaijan 16 0.00% gu Guam 16 0.00% ht Haiti 15 0.00% do Dominican Republic 15 0.00% mm Myanmar 14 0.00% ne Niger 13 0.00% bo Bolivia 13 0.00% bs Bahamas 13 0.00% mg Madagascar 13 0.00% ni Nicaragua 11 0.00% arpa Old style Arpanet 11 0.00% dj Djibouti 10 0.00% sr Suriname 10 0.00% ao Angola 10 0.00% uz Uzbekistan 9 0.00% gov US Government 9 0.00% an Netherlands Antilles 9 0.00% md Moldova, Republic of 8 0.00% dm Dominica 7 0.00% sl Sierra Leone 6 0.00% af Afghanistan 6 0.00% ag Antigua and Barbuda 6 0.00% sv El Salvador 6 0.00% al Albania 6 0.00% ap Asia/Pacific Region 6 0.00% bm Bermuda 6 0.00% vu Vanuatu 5 0.00% gl Greenland 5 0.00% vi Virgin Islands, U.S. 5 0.00% ls Lesotho 5 0.00% gi Gibraltar 5 0.00% fo Faroe Islands 4 0.00% tj Tajikistan 4 0.00% py Paraguay 4 0.00% la Lao People's Democratic Republic 4 0.00% vc Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0.00% gd Grenada 3 0.00% vg Virgin Islands, British 2 0.00% gq Equatorial Guinea 2 0.00% kg Kyrgyzstan 2 0.00% hn Honduras 2 0.00% ad Andorra 2 0.00% cg Congo 2 0.00% mo Macao 2 0.00% pf French Polynesia 2 0.00% mq Martinique 1 0.00% va Vatican City State 1 0.00% gp Guadeloupe 1 0.00% st Sao Tome and Principe 1 0.00% tm Turkmenistan 1 0.00% fm Micronesia, Federated States of 1 0.00% mp Northern Mariana Islands 1 0.00% aw Aruba 1 0.00% as American Samoa 1 0.00% sb Solomon Islands 1 0.00% to Tonga 1


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The above New Year cards are from years 1907, 1912 and 1925, and all were addressed to the sister of my grandmother... I myself am now 71 years old, like collecting all old items like postcards, postage stamps, matchbox labels, even old computers etc. And this hobby is just waste of time and money as any fellow collector knows ! But collecting is nice and interesting, to know your future you must know also your past.
Happy collecting and
Happy New Year to you !
Raimo Kaarna, the publisher


That's what the printed SIGNALs looked like from 1979 to 2004... The size was usually tabloid, 5.000 copies.

SIGNAL issues from 1969 to 1973 were magazine size. 10.000 copies per issue...

Signals 1988-89, photocopied

Offset printed Signals 1990-91

All Signals 1995-2007 were digitally printed by your publisher

Signals 2007-08 color laser printed

SIGNALs 1960-69 were mimeographed and offset printed, 1.000 circulation, my address the same as now in 2013.